Assessment Patterns in E-Learning
Remember the time when you were in school when those tests and exams made you wait for your school life to end? Guess what? Tests, exam and assessment and whatever sorrow you might call it, will continue to haunt you for the rest of your life! So you might as well make peace with the fact that Life in itself is an assessment of sorts with no grades allocated. However, when it comes to e-learning, assessment is a serious forerunner to contemplating and completing your course.
Assessments are an integral part of gauging the understanding of the learner, about the subject at hand. They help organizations to keep track of their employee’s performance, while motivating the learner to do better. Commonly, e- learning courses within an organization are used for the purpose of career development. Irrespective of the fact when and how and where an e-learning course is used, assessments are an inevitable factor in the process. Let us take a look at the types of assessments and the formats in which they are presented.
Formative assessments provide ongoing feedback immediately after a chapter or module. This helps in recognizing and addressing problems immediately. Formative assessments generally have no points or scores as they just prepare the learner for the final assessment at the end of the course
A Summative assessment on the other hand, is an evaluation at the end of the course, usually with preconceived standards of excellence, along with a high point value. Basically, this is ‘final examination’ of your course. Interestingly, summative assessments can also be used formatively, in subsequent courses. Ideally, summative and formative assessments are shown in the following ways :
Single Select: Evaluates learners analytical skills. Here the learner must choose the correct answer from the list of options given. Feedback needs to be given in the form of correct and incorrect message.
Multiple Select: Usually used to recall concepts, the learner must choose the correct options, usually two or three, depending on the question. Feedback needs to be given in the form of correct, incorrect or perusal message.
Drag and Drop: Mostly used for recall of keywords, in context of a sentence or, a phrase. The learner is required to drop the correct answer in the corresponding box or tab.
Matching: Shows the relationship between two sets of data, one having to match the other. The learner is expected to match the corresponding right answers.
Drop Down: Gauges the learners’ methodical reasoning. The learner must choose the right answer from the options given. The options are shown a drop down box, which and the cursor can be used to click on the options.
When it comes to e-learning, assessments are tools that measure knowledge skills and attitude of the learner, while determining the next step, in terms of growth within an organization